MONTREAL — Chinese Film Business Week will return to the Montreal World Film Festival in 2013, said fest president Serge Losique.

After a successful start, the section will be expanded for next year’s edition, which is set to run Aug. 22-Sept. 2.

“We had excellent representation of Chinese public and private players, and they were met with an encouraging response from Canadian, American and European film people,” Losique said. “We hope to strengthen this connection in the years to come and make it a permanent annual event. The importance of China as a market for Western films is now being matched by the importance of Western markets for Chinese films.”

Losique noted that his fest has a long history of showcasing Chinese cinema, notably the work of such helmers as Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou.

Losique also announced that the festival will be creating a permanent Korean section, which will make its debut at the 2013 edition. This follows discussions between the fest and the Korean Film Council.

“It’s time Korean cinema got the recognition it deserves,” he said.